What kind of emotions go through you when you tell your daughter for the first time she has Down’s! Yet, it came up very naturally. My Mom and I were discussing the difference between someone who is Autistic and someone who has Down’s. Erin piped up and said, “Not me!”
I asked, “What do you mean Erin?”
Her response was, “I don’t have Down Syndrome.”
I said, “Yes you do.”
She said, “No I don’t.”
Once again I stated, “Yes you do.”
At that point she gave in and replied with an “oh”. I then gave her some things that were hard for her to do and things that it was hard for her to share with us — her speech could be better — and she was silent. I could tell it troubled her. Then I told her about some of her good friends in our HUGS ministry at church and what great people they all are. I said that they have Down Syndrome as well. I told her there were things she could do better than any of us. I shared with her how loving and kind she is and all the things she can do well.
It was a profound moment that just happened naturally. Our thirty-six year old daughter now knows she has Down’s.
Have you ever had to break the news like this to someone you love dearly? How did it go?